Youth Sailing School

The Oakville Yacht Squadron Sailing School has been proudly serving the Oakville community since 1965, teaching many children and young adults to sail at our great waterfront setting.

Wet Feet

(Recommended ages 7-10)        Prerequisites: None

opti kidCANSail Wet Feet at OYS is filled with lots of fun! We provide a safe, fun, and exciting introduction to sailing giving the young sailors a chance to develop their fundamental sailing skills in our fleet of Optimist dinghies. This program has been launched across Canada, focusing on giving children between the ages of 7 to 10 an opportunity to sail. Days will be filled with a variety of different activities in addition to sailing, to ensure an enjoyable and well-rounded experience for all participants!
This program is offered in two week sessions Monday to Friday 8:30am-3:30pm throughout July and August.

Cost per 1-week session: $365.00 (HST exempt)
Cost per 2-week session: $690.00 (HST exempt)

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CANSail 1 & 2 

(Recommended ages 10+)           Prerequisites: NoneCL14

This is an introductory program to our sport of sailing with a focus on fun, safety and fundamental skills, CANSail 1 replaces the CYA White Sail I course; and CANSail 2 replaces the CYA White Sail II & III courses. CANSail 1 is taught using our fleet of CL 14 dinghies, CANSail 2 participants will be sailing the club’s RS Fevas. Instruction in water safety; basic boat handling and sail trim; knots; rigging and de-rigging; basic weather patterns; sailing terminology and skills; self-rescue techniques. Lessons are creatively delivered by our team of qualified and experienced CANSail instructors both on and off the water.

Programs are offered in two week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August.

Cost per session: $690.00

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CANSail 3 & 4

Prerequisites: CANSail 1 & CANSail 2 complete

RS FevaCANSail 3 & 4 progressively builds and develops the skills in CANSail 1 & 2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with appropriate challenges and learning opportunities. CANSail 3 replaces the CYA Bronze IV course, and CANSail 4 replaces the CYA Bronze V course.

CANSail 3 & 4 includes the opportunity for some local regatta participation. Regattas may require some travel, and parents are needed for travel planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas should students choose to attend. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from OYS. Coaching will be provided.

Programs are offered in 4 week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August.

Cost for full session (July & August): $1995.00
Cost for half session (July OR August): $1150.00

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OPTI Learn to Race Team – Sailors will be working towards their CANSail 3 & 4 levels

Prerequisites: CANSail 1 & CANSail 2 complete
Requirements: Each sailor must provide their own Optimist Dinghy (program fees include storage for the sailing season)

optiraceCANSail 3 & 4 progressively builds and develops the skills learned in CANSail 1 & 2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with appropriate challenges and learning opportunities. This allows our OPTI racers to continue to progress through their sailing levels, while providing them with the racing curriculum that they want and love!

Team members are expected to participate in the full season of instruction and regattas which will require a high degree of commitment on the part of both the sailors and parents. Coaches and support boats will accompany sailors to regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from OYS.

Offered in 4 week sessions, Monday to Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. Sailors may elect to return for a second 4 week session.

Cost for full 2 month session: $1,995.00
Cost for 1 month session: $1,150.00
Cost for Spring Series + 2 month summer session: $2,450.00

Spring and fall training opportunities are available, and participation by our race teams is strongly encouraged. Please contact our Program Manager at ssinfo@oysqn.com for more details.

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OYS Single Handed Race Team – Sailors will be working towards their CANSail 5 & 6 levels

Prerequisites: CANSail 1 – 4 complete
Requirements: Each sailor must supply his/her own boat – Laser or Optimist Dinghy (program fees include storage for the sailing season)

13663340_10208850279188748_1910027863_oIn this program the advancing sailors’ skills are consolidated and applied to racing/sailing faster. Training becomes more challenging, and complexity is added to result in a sailor with the foundation to carry on in racing, and/or leadership.

The Oakville Yacht Squadron has a long history of excellence in racing, and our race teams continue to bring honor to our club and our sailors. In order to maintain this reputation and high level of performance a greater commitment is expected of the members of our race team. Participation at regattas is an integral part of the program and requires a strong commitment from both the parents and the sailors. Regattas require travel and parents are needed for travel planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from OYS. Coaching at regattas will be provided.

This program is offered as an 8 week sessions in July and August.

Summer Season + Spring Series: $2,450.00
Summer Season: $1,995.00

Spring and fall training opportunities are available, and participation by our race teams is strongly encouraged. Please contact our Program Manager at ssinfo@oysqn.com for more details.

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Available for sailors who need to be dropped off or picked up outside of our regular hours. The OYS Sailing School Program is flexible for those guardians who need to take some extra time. Extended hours in the morning will begin at 8:00 AM and in the afternoon be offered from 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

Cost: $100.00/week

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Spring and Fall Training

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Spring and fall training opportunities are available, and participation in our race teams is strongly encouraged.

For further information about our sailing school programs, preferably e-mail us at oysheadinstructor@oysqn.com

telephone (905) 338-9379.

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Sailing school registration is open for 2018.  Click here to register

Please note our cancellation policy: 10% administration fee for cancellation up to 48 hours of program start, 25% within 48 hours and no cancellations, only rescheduling, within 24 hours.